Hiring & Staffing Options
International Employment Options
Although Harvard cannot directly employ individuals abroad, we can help you evaluate other options based on the University’s employment policy, which requires a business need for work abroad and compliance with the host country’s local laws.
Harvard programs typically use one of the five options outlined below to hire individuals abroad. For each option, consider the potential budget implications beyond the salary or payment provided to the employee or contractor. Not all options may be available to you and your project, and most options require substantial lead time (10 weeks).
We’ll work with you and your local Human Resources or Academic/Faculty Affairs office to consider the host country regulations, the needs of your program, and the employment costs to determine which option could be a good fit. Individuals should not start work until one of the options below is in place.
Note: On May 11, 2023, the University significantly updated its policy regarding employment outside of Massachusetts (domestic and international). Review the policy closely to understand how it will shape your international staffing needs. Contact your local Human Resources or Academic/Faculty Affairs office if you have questions about the policy.